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C384 Unlabelled, European, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,500.00
While the varnishing style, with its rubbed edges may indicate a German origin, construction details probably tell us that this violin was made in Mirecourt, France, in one of the bigger manufacturing workshops. The tone speaks easily and evenly, and with a pleasant clarity.
S317 Jürgen Klier, Mörendorf, Germany, early 21st century$ 2,700.00
The Klier family have been active as violin makers and manufacturers for several generations. The Jürgen Klier workshops are based in Mörendorf, an outlying town northwest of the major violin making centre of Bubenreuth. This half-sized violin has been well made, with a strongly scraped, attractively antiqued varnish. The tone is very good for a small instrument, with warmth, depth and clarity. The violin has been well set up and is very easy to play.
It comes with a sturdy, oblong case and two bows.
C349, Unlabelled “Amati” copy violin, Germany, late 19th or early 20th centuries$ 2,700.00
True to its Amatese modelling – the broad, scooped channels within the purfling and the high, smoothly arched curves of the belly and back – this German violin has a sweet, silvery tone, with clarity and a reasonable volume. The one-piece maple back has a very attractive, narrow flame, and the edge work is delicate, with slender, tapered corners.
S262 Labelled “Nicola Amati”, Mittenwald, Germany, mid-late 19th century$ 2,700.00
This attractively-made German “Amati” copy violin has a warm red-brown varnish which has developed an appealing craquillure pattern. The maple back is in one piece, with a soft, sloping flame. The tone is clear and pleasant, with a similar quality over all four strings. The violin is accompanied by a half-moon, Bobelock case and a student-quality bow.
C393 Labelled “Alexandri Gagliano”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,700.00
This attractive violin owes much of its charm, both visually and tonally, to its modelling, which is more reminiscent of the French “Stradivari/Amati” style than any work by Alessandro Gagliano. The flowing scoop in the arching near the edge and the slightly high central profile give the sound sweetness and clarity to balance an otherwise woody tone.
C261 German trade, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,700.00
Although this violin has a commercial, spirit-based varnish, it has been made in the style of the 18th and 19th century hand copyists of Stainer and Amati, with a long, slightly narrow outline and a full, rounded arching which rises from the purfling. The sound is strongly influence by the modelling, with an unusual, deep but clear tone.
S260 “Antonius Stradivarius”, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,700.00
Labelled “Antonius Stradivarius” Germany, late 19th or early 20th century.
This golden brown violin has been antiqued either creatively, with elaborate acid etching on most varnished surfaces. The modelling is broad and strong, belying the tone, which is quite sweet and clear.
S318 Unlabelled, Chinese, early twenty first century$ 2,750.00
This attractive-looking instrument is one of the new breed of handmade violins now emerging from China. The wood of the back and ribs may well be European, and has an attractive, soft, glowing flame. Though unlabelled, the violin is a reasonable copy of the work of Guarneri del Gesu. The tone of the upper strings is particularly appealing, with clarity, resonance but no harshness.
S342 Unlabelled, European, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,800.00
The elegant arching and proportions of this unlabelled European violin are matched by a warm, smooth, even tone across all four strings. Antiquing work on all surfaces adds to the instrument’s charm.
C392 Labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,800.00
This rather striking, red-gold coloured German violin, though labelled “Stradivarius”, is something of a hybrid: the outline is Stradivarian; the ‘f’ holes, scroll and arching owe more to Guarneri del Gesu; and the ‘f’ hole nicks follow Andreas Amati. The tone is rich and characterful, with an ease and clarity of production.
C343, Labelled “Stradivarius”, European, probably German, early 20th century$ 2,800.00
This pleasant-looking, European-manufactured violin has relatively plain-looking wood but a surprisingly attractive tone, open, resonant, warm and characterful. The varnish is a red-gold colour, shaded to simulate wear but without any other antiquing.
S348 Labelled “Joseph Guarnerius” and stamped “Concert violin Guarneri”, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,900.00
This is a boldly executed copy of the later style of “Guarneri del Gesu”, with its elongated “Brescian”-influenced ‘f’ holes, broad central bout and long, open ‘C’ bout curves. The tone has a throaty depth on the lower strings and a silvery character on the E string. The varnish is a rich red-brown, antiqued to simulate age and wear.
S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century$ 2,900.00
This is a very attractive-looking violin, with a golden orange-brown, lightly-antiqued varnish that enhances the appearance of the wood below. Michele Deconet was an eighteenth century Venetian maker of French birth, whose output was prolific but quite variable in style. Some small attempts have been made here to imitate the detail of his work, most notably in the narrow, tapering lower wings of the ‘f’ holes, though the upper wings are decidedly Stradivarian. The tone is clear and resonant, and particularly pleasing on the D and A strings.
S373 “D. Henderson, No. 3”, country of origin unknown, 1914$ 2,900.00
While two Scottish violin makers called “D. Henderson” are recorded in the violin making dictionaries, neither their dates, nor their styles of making coincide with this quite charming but somewhat amateurish interpretation of Guarneri del Gesu’s instruments. The golden yellow varnish is almost certainly oil-based, but has dried well and shows excellent lasting qualities. The tone is surprisingly pleasant, especially in the lower positions.
C339, Jay Haide, “À l’ Ancienne”, “Il Cannone” model, Ifshin violins, USA/China, 2010$ 3,200.00
Jay Haide violins are skilfully handmade in China under the supervision of the prestigious USA violin shop, Ifshin violins. This instrument is closely modelled on violin of 1742, although the scroll has been carved more elegantly than the original. It has a full set-up from our workshops, including Obligato strings. This violin, with its golden red-brown varnish and subtle antiquing, has a clear, resonant, attractive tone over its whole range, and represents very good value for money.